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Graeme Evelyn

GRAEME MORTIMER EVELYN

Graeme Mortimer Evelyn’s work comments on cultural social identity, politics and language. He describes these narratives forming “when fragments of relation, memory, society, identity and modernity, which seem disparate at first, come together to form a whole”. His works have been displayed and collected in Gloucester Cathedral, African American Center Princeton University, Cornell University NY, Museum in Docklands London, Watershed and M-Shed, Bristol.

Through a recent series of commissions, Evelyn has developed a reputation for creating work that is situated in municipal buildings and places of worship that subvert these settings and philosophies and act as a catalyst to enable a questioning and broader democratisation of our public spaces. For Evelyn, institution denotes systems, memorial, edifice, myth, belief and popular opinion. The intention of his work is to seek alternative dialogues and ask challenging questions, creating work that engages new audiences to institutional spaces.

Evelyn’s reliance on detailed in-depth subject research creates the framework and give context to his experimental use of varied and diverse mediums, such as, The Two Coins: Meditations on Trade (a 55min moving image work), shot in locations which included, Ghana, Mali, Malawi and the UK, created in response to Abolition200 and illustrated a dormant history as silent meditation. The project was a contemporary response to monuments erected in memory of 18th century traders, presenting an unprejudiced historical legacy while highlighting collective responsibility to prevent negative forms of 21st century trade, which often create new forms of modern slavery. The work has been adopted as part of the teaching programme for the BA (Hons) History at University of the West of England.

In 2009, Evelyn was commissioned by the new Museum of Bristol to subvert historical record. The result of extensive research and an old Chinese gambling table - the museum acquired the large painted relief sculpture, Reading the Riot (Act), a permanent work acquired for their new contemporary art collections. This commission is on permanent display in the M-Shed Museum of Bristol. It is an uncompromising and challenging piece of the long history of dissent within the city, which in retrospect, since the riots in Stokes Croft, Bristol, democracy protests internationally, unrest in Greece /Spain and especially the recent riots in London, Reading the Riot (Act) seems strangely prophetic.

Most recently, Evelyn was Saint Stephen's Church Bristol UK first Artist-in-Residence, commissioned to create the new permanent modern altarpiece, the Reconciliation Reredos unveiled January 2011. St Stephen’s is one of the oldest churches in Bristol and is significant in the history of the city as the church that blessed every ship that left the port, including every merchant slave vessel that left the city. The Reconciliation Reredos is a contemporary artwork of universal reconciliation that responds to the church's past, reflects the voices of the city today while representing the potential of the future.

Evelyn has contributed to discussions on the role of public art for the Museum in Docklands London Festival of Architecture, Virtual Migrants series at the Arnolfini, Bristol and was invited to contribute to panel discussions at the Caribbean Curatorship and National Identity Conference in Bridgetown, Barbados. Evelyn has recently presented the solo exhibition Out of Many, One at the Jamaica High Commission, London to coincide with Jamaica50 Independence celebrations and the London 2012 Olympics has been guest curator of contemporary Jamaican film for the Afrika Eye 2012 International Film Festival.
He is currently researching and developing in collaboration with Historic Royal Palaces and The Royal Collection, a major project for Kensington Palace for 2013.

GRAEME MORTIMER EVELYN LIVES AND WORKS IN LONDON

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

JULY 2012 Out of Many, One PART II - Jamaican High Commission, London
APR 2012 Out of Many, One PART I - The Royal Commonwealth Society, London
AUG 2010 The Weird and Wonderful Lost and Found PART II Tapped and Packed, London
APR 2009/10 The Stations of the Cross Saint Stephen’s Church, Bristol
OCT 2008 The Weird and Wonderful Lost and Found PART ISevernshed Restaurant, Bristol
MAR 2008 The Narratives of the Journey The George Gallery, Newnham on Severn
NOV / DEC 2007 The Two Coins: Meditations on Trade - Moving Image Watershed Media Centre, Bristol
FEB 2006 / 2007 The Stations of the Cross Gloucester Cathedral
JUNE 2003 Phone Booth Carnival Bristol Museum and Art Gallery
OCT 1998 Consistency of Oil Skate n Ride, Bristol
AUG 1998 BurnTheMall Skate n Ride, Bristol
JAN 1998 I Work in this Building The Greenhouse Restaurant, Bristol
JULY 1997 Painting from a New City Planet Pizza Restaurant, Bristol

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

NOV 2012 State of the Art Lyes and Jones Arch 402 London
SEPT 2008 Voices Bristol Museum and Art Gallery
OCT 2003 Retox International Contemporary Art Festival Bristol
FEB 2000 Winter Exhibits The Hanging Space Gallery, London
APR 1999 Spring Exhibits The Hanging Space Gallery London
OCT 1996 The Clockhouse Open Exhibition Laxfield, Suffolk
JUNE 1995 Degree Show Slaughterhouse Gallery, London

COMMISSIONS

AUGUST 2012 Nanny Maroon London collector
MAY 2012 Ruby Fountain Large relief sculpture- Wetherspoons Yate
JAN 2011 Reconciliation Reredos Saint Stephen’s Church Bristol
SEPT 2009 Reading the Riot (Act) M-Shed New Museum of Bristol
MAR 2005 Mariona portrait Dr Claudi and Dr Mariona Ferrer, Spain
SEPT 1999 Manmovement Mural for Whitefriars Building, Bristol
JUNE 1998 Unity mural for Glastonbury Festival, Jazz World Stage

AWARDS

FEB 2010 Arts Council England GFTA award The Next Level
DEC 2007 The Pierian Centre Bristol Funding for The Two Coins
MAR 2007 Society of Merchant Venturers Funding for The Two Coins
FEB 2007 Arts Council England South West: GFTA award Bristol City Council Abolition 200 award for The Two Coins
SEPT 2005 Arts Council England, South West: GFTA award The Stations of the Cross

EDUCATION

1995 – 1996 Woodblock, printmaking and natural dye and ink within the Indian states of Rajashstan and Ahmadebad and
Kathmandu, Nepal

1992 – 1995 Graphic Fine Art and Printmaking BA (Hons), Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge

1991 – 1992 Art Access Foundation, Barnfield College, Luton

1988 – 1990 Business Marketing HND, Thames University, London